A student emailed in a great question and one in which can be a very tough one to answer! It’s challenging enough to get bystanders to begin CPR. But when we complicate the scenario with a person yelling; “They have a DNR, don’t do CPR or you’ll get sued!” This can really complicate matters. What do you do? Stop CPR and hope that the withholding of potentially life saving CPR is legitimate? Don’t stop CPR and continue to upset the people that are yelling stop in the first place? Whoa! Tough spot to be in.
In this episode I’m going to do my best to explain the very complicated issue surrounding Do Not Resuscitate orders(DNR) when CPR is already in progress or about to begin.